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FIPP board appoints directors from BBC Studios, Dow Jones, The River Group and PressReader

The FIPP Management Board appointed four new members at its last meeting on 27 March 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Appointed were Helen O’Donnell of BBC Studios' TalentWorks; Jonathan Wright of Dow Jones; Nikolay Malyarov of PressReader; and Nicola Murphy of The River Group.

Helen O’Donnell, head of development, TalentWorks, BBC Studios Distribution, UK


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Helen O’Donnell is head of Development for TalentWorks, a new content label that identifies digital talent with whom BBC Studios can partner to develop a slate of innovative new content. The label is headed up by Helen, alongside Paul Hembury, and builds on their success in creating and launching new content with premiere league digital stars including, Dan Howell, Phil Lester, Joe Sugg, Caspar Lee, DanTDM, Joe Wicks, and Sam and Nic Chapman. Helen works across all genres and platforms to develop new projects with both established and emerging digital talent. She also presents The TalentWorks podcast – an industry digital talent weekly podcast.

Helen is the overall winner of the 2018 FIPP & UPM Rising Stars in Media.


Jonathan Wright, global managing director, Dow Jones, Hong Kong, China


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Jonathan Wright was appointed Global Managing Director of Dow Jones in June 2017. He previously served as Managing Director International and Publisher of Financial News and WSJ Pro. Mr. Wright is responsible for defining and implementing growth strategies for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones around the globe and is based in Hong Kong. He also holds a number of board memberships including FIPP - the network for global media, and News Corp’s VCCircle.


Nikolay Malyarov, EVP, chief content officer and general counsel, PressReader, Canada


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Since 2003, Nikolay Malyarov has lead the expansion of PressReader's worldwide community of publishing partners, helping them grow their audience and increase revenues, while meeting their unique business objectives.

At the forefront of pioneering publishing solutions, Nikolay was instrumental in establishing PressReader as the global all-you-can-read digital content platform with a growing list of nearly 8,000 newspapers and magazines.

Offering multiple presentation formats that serve the needs of traditional replica readers and today's new generation of news consumers, PressReader reaches more than 500 million readers through its vast number of consumer-centric channels that include thousands of hotels, libraries, airlines, cruise ships, hospitals and cafés.

Under Nikolay’s leadership, PressReader has also become the trusted technology that powers 2,000+ of the world’s most prestigious brands, including The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian and The Times.

Nikolay has authored numerous articles in prominent global industry publications on topics such as monetisation strategies, HTML5 and distribution in non-traditional markets.

As general counsel, he is also responsible for all legal aspects of the Company's business.


Nicola Murphy, founder and CEO, The River Group, UK


Nicola Murphy ()


Nicola Murphy is the Founder and CEO of independent content agency The River Group. River specialises in content in multiple forms including video, podcasts, radio, social media and print - both newsstand and branded. River’s 104 staff operate primarily out of a central London office but produce content globally in 18 countries and in 11 languages.

Before founding River in 1994, Nicki had an extensive career in marketing that involved working in magazines, and before that, in sales and marketing for six years at Procter & Gamble. She has a DBA in brand marketing, and an MBA in strategic marketing. Nicki is a big supporter of the PPA, and an active member of the CIM and the Marketing Society.

She is also a four-year director & trustee of The Katie Piper Foundation, and was previously a Media Board member of Leonard Cheshire Disability for seven years and of the Good Rock Foundation for twenty years.

Nicki is the proud mum of six children and lives in Henley on Thames with her husband Danny, who is a director at Cap Gemini.


FIPP board directors are elected by the FIPP membership to represent their member companies as a part of the policy-making and governance structure of FIPP. The Management Board is currently made up of 38 company representatives from 20 countries headed up by FIPP Chairman, Ralph Büchi, chief operating officer of the Ringier Group and CEO of Ringier Axel Springer Switzerland. The treasurer is Erwin Fidelis Reisch, president and CEO of Alfons W. Gentner Verlag in Germany.

About FIPP

FIPP has more than 500 member companies, which includes 30 national associations, more than 350 media owners and more than 80 service providers to the industry and associated organisations, in more than 60 countries, all of whom use FIPP to find new business partners and gather information on potential markets. FIPP represents more than 5,000 titles, which include almost all of the world’s leading magazine media brands. Whether you are a media owner or service provider to the industry, or an association, FIPP membership is an excellent platform from which you can expand your business globally.


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